Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic
A new Knapp Medical Center / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic is
scheduled to open in late August, 2017 in Mercedes, at the northwest corner
of Expressway 83 and N Mile 2 W Road (2810 W. Expressway 83, Mercedes
The historic new program for the Mid-Valley of South Texas is located in
a new 13,800-square-foot building. The new program represents an expansion
of medical education into the Mid-Valley.
“The Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program will help create
more opportunities in the Mid-Valley for those who would like to receive
training as family medicine physicians,” said Rene J. Lopez, Chief
Executive Officer for Knapp Medical Center.
“In addition, the educational and clinical components of this exciting
project will be great assets for the entire Mid-Valley, thanks to our
partnership with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine,
the City of Mercedes, and the Knapp Community Care Foundation,”
Mr. Lopez added.
The new program is under the direction of Dr. Miguel Tello, Associate Program
Director for the Knapp Medical Center / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program
First Group of 6 Family Practice Residents
Six new family practice residents formed the inaugural class for the program:
Dr. Miguel A. Sanchez Rivas, Dr. Marita del Pilar Sanchez Sierra Marino,
Dr. Diego Moreno, Dr. Eliana Costantino Burgazzi, Dr. Eddy Berges, and
Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler. Pictured with the residents above (in the
center) is Dr. Miguel Tello, Associate Program Director (photo by Paul
Chouy / UTRGV).
Dr. Tello noted that this first group of residents is an experienced group
of physicians, who have served patients in various settings – ranging from
colonias in the Valley to remote jungles and other challenging environments in
South America and elsewhere.
“We needed a seasoned group of physicians who would be able to handle
the stress of being a first-year class,” Dr. Tello added. “Their
varied experiences and backgrounds really add a unique dimension to this
One of the residents, Dr. Eddy Berges, who practiced medicine in the Dominican
Republic and Puerto Rico before coming to the Valley, noted that family
medicine physicians provide a wide range of services, including preventive
health, to people of all ages, ranging from children to senior adults.
“I think it’s a very complete specialty where you can take
care of everything for a person, for her environment, her family,”
added Dr. Carolina Gomez de Ziegler, who practiced medicine in Venezuela
before coming to the Rio Grande Valley.
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday, 8 a.m – 5 p.m. (starting late August, 2017)
For more information on the new Knapp Medical Center / UTRGV Family Practice
Residency Program, please contact Alexandra Smith, GME Program Coordinator
for the Knapp / UTRGV Family Practice Residency Program at
KnappFamilyMed@utrgv.edu, or Veronica Martinez, Director of the Knapp Medical Group at 956-973-5237;